A rare and unrecorded Beilby enamelled tumbler with the Order of the Thistle, circa 1765

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A rare and unrecorded Beilby enamelled tumbler with the Order of the Thistle, circa 1765

Sold for £ 13,125 (US$ 15,866) inc. premium
A rare and unrecorded Beilby enamelled tumbler with the Order of the Thistle, circa 1765
The flared bowl painted in colours with a thistle surmounted by a crown, inscribed in opaque-white below Nemo me Impune Lacefsit. below, the reverse with three flowers growing from a leafy stalk in opaque-white, two butterflies in flight to either side, 10.1cm high

Footnotes

  • The present lot appears to be part of a group of three vessels associated with the Order of the Thistle. See the ale glass from the collection of A.C. Hubbard, Jr. offered in these Rooms, 30 November 2011, lot 150 and that in the Lorimer Collection which bears the provenance of Mrs. G.F. Thomas Collection, The Doune, Elstree, Hertfordshire, sold Sotheby's, 11 June 1936, lot 38 (illustrated by Simon Cottle 'The Other Beilbys: British enamelled glass of The 18th Century', Apollo, 1986, p.322, pl.IX).

    The Order of the Thistle is a Scottish order that was established in the late 17th century and revived by Queen Anne. Knights of the Order are appointed by the monarch. From 1763 to 1768 only a small number of Knights were created, each of whom may have commissioned this small service. Charles Schaw Cathcart, 9th Lord Cathcart (1721–1776) entered in 1763; William Douglas, 3rd Earl of March (1725–1810) entered 1763; John Campbell, 4th Duke of Argyll (1693–1770) entered 1765; Henry Scott, 3rd Duke of Buccleuch (1746–1812), entered 1767; John Murray, 3rd Duke of Atholl (1729–1774) entered 1767; Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle (1748–1825), entered 1767; William Henry Kerr, 4th Marquess of Lothian (1710–1775), entered 1768; David Murray, 7th Viscount Stormont (1727–1796), entered 1768; John Ker, 3rd Duke of Roxburghe (1740–1804), entered 1768.

    An unusually large pair of decanters decorated in opaque-white enamel by the Beilby workshop can be found today at Bowhill, the seat of the Duke of Buccleugh. John Murray, the 3rd Duke of Atholl may have ordered a service of enamelled glass painted with coronets from a Newcastle glasshouse in 1764 (see Cottle, op. cit., p.323).

    A tumbler of similar size and form, painted with the same floral subject in white enamel, is illustrated by James Rush, A Beilby Odyssey (1986), p.97, pl.59, in the City of Bristol Museum, inscribed AND the Coal=trade.
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A rare and unrecorded Beilby enamelled tumbler with the Order of the Thistle, circa 1765
A rare and unrecorded Beilby enamelled tumbler with the Order of the Thistle, circa 1765
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